Battery Hotel And Suites
Travel Blogs from St. John's
I arrived in St John’s two weeks ago after a smooth, rather enjoyable flight. The in-flight entertainment has come a long way since my last long-haul flight back in 2004 and the food, while not gourmet, was edible. But I don’t really want to recount my flight and I’m sure most of you don’t really want to read about it, instead I’d much rather tell you about my Canadian experience so far. Its hard to ...
... and googled the coastline. What I saw was Freshwater Bay/Freshwater pond. This is a natural phenomena and the sandbar is called a barachois.
It looked like it had just finished raining when we landed, the runway was all wet and puddly. As we passed through the jetway, we got a blast of cold air and thought we would have to dig out our jackets, but it was actually quite pleasant out. I was fine with my sweater and ...
... a coffee and doughnut at Tim Hortons. A nice walk along George Street and Water Street and a chance to look at some souvenir shops - parrots of it look like Dublin with pubs that play live music every night - Shamrock, O'Neill's, O'Reilly's, Molly Malone's etc.... We had a great meal in the Gypsy Tea Room and then back to the hotel for rest and unpack. The room was ...
... expedition in the afternoon. First stop was Signal Hill and we were rewarded with sightings of two humpback whales near the harbor. The next stop was at Middle Cove where a year-end school party was in the works - the kids were having a ball eating fire-roasted hotdogs, dipping their toes in the chilly water, and spotting whales out in the cove. All out through Torbay, Flat Rock and Pouch ...
It had been lightly snowing in the days before we embarked on this trail. The wind at Cape Spear before we set off would cut you in two, but once we were fully underway it died down and it was actually very pleasant on the trail.
The snow in parts was ankle deep, with lots of frozen over puddles that made going slippy in places, but with a good pair of waterproof hiking boots we ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Battery Hotel And Suites St. John's
In need of a refurb.
First the good news...the view from a harbourside room is great and the access to Signal Hill and Cabot Tower is simple. Now the rest...The rooms look to be in need of a remodel or at minimum a good cleaning. This was my second stay at the Battery, but I doubt that I stay again unless I learn that it has been remodeled. I realize that part of the price includes the view, but there are other places to stay in St. John's that I'll go with the next time. I found the staff at check in to be helpful and friendly, although the staff at check out were a bit more reserved. The dining area was nice, though, and I could see eating there again in conjunction with a trip to Signal Hill.
Wow. Maybe our stay was an anomaly, but it was still horrific.
The Battery was a great old hotel to stay at in Newfoundland. We received an excellent rate on a suite. The suite was large with a seperate kitchenette. Good housekeeping. The facility was old, but that was part of the charm. The staff was excellent with recommendations of the area. Friendly. We would stay here again for the great value.
We booked a 'regular' room at the Battery, when we arrived we were disappointed to find they had overbooked! HOWEVER, they did ask if we could wait fifteen minutes and they would have one of their suites cleaned and ready for us at no extra charge! We waited and it was worthwhile...I'm so glad they overbooked and gave us this room instead! It was very clean. What a view! So very impressive to look out your windows onto the harbour. The staff were also very helpful. I'd highly reccommend this hotel to any of my family or friends. We'll definately visit again.
Beautiful view, dirty dishes & Toilet
My new husband and I stayed at the Battery in the Jacuzzi Suite overlooking Downtown St. John's - it was an excellent view. The Jacuzzi was clean, however, the dishes which were in room for tea/coffee were dirty and the toilet could have used a scrubbing!! The restaurant prices were way up there - we chose to eat elsewhere and save a bundle! I would probably give the Battery another try just because of the view it has to offer.
Oh what a view !
I had to travel to St John's for an appointment and booked a room at the Battery.The service was amazing. The Staff went out of their way to make my stay enjoyable. The rooms could use a few touch ups but overall it was a great experience. Oh and Who could forget the view if St John's Harbour !
I really enjoyed the location of this hotel. It is about halfway up Signal Hill from the downtown area, and has a great view of the harbour. It wasn't far too walk to downtown, though the walk can be steep. There is a geology museum close by which was interesting, and also contained a good exhibit on the sinking of the Titanic (though this may have been a temporary exhibit.)
Stayed there twice. Loved the restaurant and bar. Stay in Harbor view room. Had a great time. Close enough to downtown and Signal Hill.
Picked blueberries on Signal Hill. Would stay again. Only problem is no air conditioning during horrific heat wave.
Don't miss the Battery
Whenever I go to St. John's, which is not as often as I would wish, I try to get to the Battery Hotel. Rooms are quite adequate and well apportioned. The traveller, however, should aim to get a room on the harbour side. There one can see everything going on in the harbour, ships coming and going. It is so interesting that the traveller hesitates to leave and go out. While it is half- way up signal hill it is still within walking distance of downtown. It is also within walking distance of Cabot Tower and the new Johnson Center. (Geological exhibit). The dining room serves great meals with a Newfoundland flavor, if you wish.